Children's fund to pilot ASP solution

United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF Australia has agreed to be the guinea pig for Solution 6's new SAP R/3 application service provider (ASP) solution.

In what will be the first implementation of its SAP offering, Solution 6 will donate the solution to UNICEF, hosting an integrated software system including SAP financial software and enterprise Internet applications, which end users will access through a browser.

Solution 6 views the UNICEF Australia implementation as a pilot of its SAP ASP service, and expects that some finetuning of the service will occur.

However, both UNICEF Australia and Solution 6 are confident there will be no major problems with the rollout.

"An important consideration in our decision to install the Solution 6 ASP solution was that UNICEF Australia did not require any further capital investment in server hardware or expensive IT personnel. The cost involved with migrating to a new system by traditional delivery means is otherwise prohibitive," said Gaye Phillips, chief executive officer of UNICEF Australia.

"The system also gives us the flexibility to access the service easily from both our Sydney and Adelaide offices, as well as via dial-up connections from home PCs or notebook computers."

Solution 6 will host the following systems for UNICEF Australia from its data centrepackaged SAP R/3 financial applications;a messaging system providing e-mail and calendaring, and scheduling;an intranet system to include company directory, company manuals, company announcements and collaborative databases;a customer management system including customer database, and mail generation capabilities.

The applications will be delivered to UNICEF Australia's offices in Adelaide and Sydney, and are expected to go live in late July or early August, Solution 6 officials said.

Solution 6 became an ASP for SAP R/3 in March this year.

Under its agreement with SAP, Solution 6 hosts SAP applications which customers access via the Internet or through private networks.

The service is aimed at small to medium enterprises that do not have the resources to support an in-house enterprise resource planning implementation.

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